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You exercise your body to stay physically in shape, so why shouldn't you exercise your brain to stay mentally fit? With these daily exercises you will learn how to flex your mind, improve your creativity and boost your memory. As with any exercise, repetition is necessary for you to see improvement, so pick your favorite exercises from our daily suggestions and repeat them as desired. Try to do some mentalrobics every single day!

Close your eyes and try to recreate the following textures. This exercise helps improve your ability to form concrete visualizations from memory, which is one characteristic of creative people.

1. A tennis ball
2. Sand
3. Concrete
4. Silk

How well did you do at recreating the texture? How long did it take? Rank your recreation on a scale of 1-10 for how close it was to reality. Try to do better each time you practice this exercise.

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di-ves-ti-ture

noun :: The act of selling or disposing of.

"The divestiture of the subsidiary helped the parent company's finances."

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The Loci Mnemonic System works very well for memorizing lists. Lists are difficult to memorize because the items usually have no relation to each other and have no context to anything else that might help you remember them. The loci system helps because it changes the task from recall to aided recall by using paired associate learning. The loci locations, which you cannot forget, act as an aid to the items that you can forget.

Another advantage of the loci system is that forgetting one item in the list does not affect your ability to recall the remaining items. This is a problem that the simpler Link system has.

If you frequently have to remember lists and you have not yet invested the time to learn the loci system, you might want to give it a try.

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